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So much for the Cubs trading Matt Garza: He’s out until after the deadline

Jul 27, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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Trade rumors continued to swirl around Matt Garza despite the Cubs right-hander leaving his July 21 start with a triceps injury, but now he can be crossed off the list of pitchers potentially on the move before July 31.

Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago reports that an MRI exam showed fluid in Garza’s triceps, which means he’ll be shut down until after Tuesday’s deadline has passed.

Garza technically could still be traded even while hurting, but obviously it would be tough for the Cubs to get anything close to full value for a pitcher with a big health question mark. And because they have him under team control for 2013 via arbitration they could start shopping him again this offseason.

Another possibility is dealing Garza during August, but because numerous contenders would surely place waiver claims on him the Cubs would be limited to negotiating with whichever team put in a claim with the highest priority. That would kill their leverage then, just as the triceps injury has killed their leverage now.

Several reports have suggested that the Dodgers preferred Garza to rotation-mate Ryan Dempster, so while the injury is bad news for the Cubs it could actually make it easier to get a strong return for Dempster.

  1. bigleagues - Jul 27, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    “Why it’s not always best to wait until the market begins to play out”

    Reason #1 Your trading chip can succumb to injury. This can happen at any time, of course but particularly stings when it happens just as his pre-deadline “trade value” is approaching it’s apex.

  2. uwsptke - Jul 27, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Good news for Brewers fans, as it eliminates one more trade target for GM’s to covet over Greinke.

    • Jonny 5 - Jul 27, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      Skills wise Greinke is better imo. But due to FA looming for Greinke next season I guess a trade would make more sense involving a healthy Garza. So yeah, I’d say you’re right. Garza being hurt is going to shift some focus to other trade options like Greinke and Dempster.

  3. riverace19 - Jul 27, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Greinke and Garza are in different leagues; Greinke will bring far more value. The key words here are team control in 2013 so no real pressure to trade Garza. The Cubs should focus on moving Dempster and be happy with that.

  4. spudatx - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Will the Cubs successfully trade anyone this year? Their last chance is to tie Soriano to a giant sack of money and hope someone takes him off their hands. With no financial obligations beyond 2014, Theo will has a lot of work ahead to sort out who he wants to keep around and figuring out how to reel in FAs.

  5. garzastricepts - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Cubs 2012 deadline looking a lot like the 2011 deadline. If this doesn’t change does Theo’s honeymoon end? Us Cubs fans weren’t easy on Hendry last year.

  6. Old Gator - Jul 27, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Some honeymoon. Looks like he spent it at the Red Roof by Love Canal after taking a wrong turn on the way to Niagra Falls. Hope you folks remembered to bring your own mints.

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